Jul
15

The Potter’s Wheel

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THE POTTER’S WHEEL
by Eddie Lawrence

INTRO– You will want to share more background to the passage than I do in the brief outline below and maybe begin with a question like:

“How many of you here today, feel as if you are having to start over? You feel like you have been broken to pieces, slam dunked, and thrown into a spin?” Well it may just be……….THAT YOU ARE ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL!

TEXT: Jeremiah 18:1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

1. THE HAND
TRUTH IN A STATEMENT – CHILD OF GOD, YOUR LIFE IS IN THE HAND OF GOD.

-The potter is one who uses his hand to shape clay into something useful.
-God is the Master Potter who took clay and formed a man with a prosperous and powerful result in mind.
– In the context of this passage, God was speaking a nation whom he formed.

2. THE MAN
TRUTH IN A STATEMENT – CHILD OF GOD, YOUR TRANSFORMATION AT TIMES INVOLVES BROKENNESS AND PAIN.

-Israel is in view here, but the principle is that God still forms and molds and shapes men and women into vessels for His glory.

Illus – (Share a story of a time in your own life when things didn’t make sense but God shaped and taught you something very valuable in the process)
-Do you realize that even the people who still loved God were suffering during this time in Israel’s history? The sins of others often affect us and our sins often affect others. But in the midst of it all, God still knows your name, your destiny, and His purpose for you.
-You are in God’s hand dear believer and He is molding you. Here is the New Covenant picture – Romans 8:29 ….He is shaping and conforming you into the image of Christ.

3. THE PLAN
TRUTH IN A STATEMENT – CHILD OF GOD, WHAT GOD HAS IN MIND FOR YOU IS GLORIOUS AND GOOD.

-Israel failed, so He is saying He will take the clay and reform it and make into something new and useful.
-This is what he does in us at times, when we go through trials and difficulties and even failures. He takes what we are, where we are, and shapes into something useful for His glory and purposes.
-Eph. 2:10 tells us He has a plan for us.
-Sometimes when you are in the middle of the process, you have to remember the end result.
-And always in all the process, remember the grace and mercy available to New Covenant believers in the Master Potter’s throne room.

Illus – (Share a starting over story about someone’s life where God used them mightily. An example would be Moses, Peter, etc.)

CONCLUSION: Call people to trust in the Potter’s hand and submit to the Potter’s plan.

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